The Front Engine Cars of Sewell, Osborn & Moore
This is my dads 1st dragster, I don't know much about
it, but the photo was taken (developed) in 11/64.
I have no idea who he bought he from, and he don't remember
This is the 2nd dragster the way he brought it home, again I have
no idea who it belonged to. All the pictures below of the purple
dragster are of this same car. I believe the only difference would
be, is he had it lengthened and a new body fitted for the car.
This is the same car as above, just making a little progress.
Finally Finished!!! I don't know much about this picture, except
that is me in the car. All the pictures of the purple cars are
between 1967 and 1969.
Parking lot shot of the car.
Not a lot of pictures of this car ever being on the track, but
at least he had the time to get what he could.
Same as above, different view.
First Class operation back in the 60's.
Parking lot shot of the car & trailer.
Nice shot from the front. I would almost guess this picture is
taken at the Houston Drag Strip, I can't tell for sure. My dad
always ran Blown Gas.
This really isn't a very good picture, but it is our car at the
Austin Drag Strip. I thought the tower was more interesting
as to why I put this picture up.
This is also the same car as above, it is just sporting a new
paint job and the car was lengthened by Bob Holley. You
can also see the push bar on the station wagon in the
background because starters were not in the picture back then.
What can you say, "Those were the days"
I believe this is in Austin at the Autorama, probably in 1968.
In December the Autorama usually rolled into town, and the
car was flawless so he also put it in the show here in Houston.
This was the last car my dad owned and drove outright.
This is Richard Sewell and his Dragmaster, probably around
1967 or 68 at the Houston International Speedway. This is
also the same car that is in the NHRA Fast Lane Book, it
is on the inside cover (pink & white) and farther down in the
book. The original car was owned by Richard Warwick, and
then sold to John Smallwood, which is the guy Richard Sewell
bought it from.
This was taken the same day as above. Richard told me
that the car came down so hard after it hit the ground that he
broke two of his fingers. For the next round he had to cut off
the two fingers of the glove because his fingers were swollen to
bad to get the glove on.
Sewell & Osborn
This is taken at the Dallas International Speedway maybe in
1969 or 70 at a Jr Fuel meet known as the Longhorn Nationals,
back when Jr Fuel ran Nitro.
Vernon Osborn was driving for Richard Sewell at this time on
the far side. I have no idea who is on the near side, but my guess
is either, the Coker Bros, Ben Griffin or Dave Settles.
This was taken probably around 1969 in front of our house.
I'm the blonde on the far side of the car and Bubba Sewell is
on the near side. Bubba went on to drive for his dad and had
a pretty successful career in Alcohol Dragsters.
That was one of the most beautiful cars that we ever ran. Back
when there were such a thing as painters and no computer
Not for sure where this was taken at, but it was a SBC running
on Nitro. This car would out MPH anyone out there, the problem
was it was direct drive. To this day Richard tells me how he should
have bought the Lenco 2 speed but $600 at the time was too much
money in those days.
Richard Sewell doing a little maintenance in the pits. My guess
we are at Victoria or maybe Dallas, wasn't a lot places back
then that had concrete pits.
Not for sure where this was taken, but it appears to be Dallas,
that is Bubba Sewell sitting in the car waiting for his turn one
This is Victoria at a Jr Fuel Meet with my dad driving, I believe
Tom Pagoda is to the right. We went to Victoria quite often and
my dad set the MPH record at this event. I need to verify the MPH
but I think it was 192 something.
This is a shot of my dad being push started at Houston. I'm
not for sure if we are being cranked up to make a pass or go
back to the pits to check things out.
This was the last car my dad ever drove for Richard Sewell.
Looks like we are making a pass at the old original Houston
International Drag strip, my guess that the year was maybe 1969
or 1970. My dad and Richard remained partners for quite a few
years after that, we just had other drivers.
Against the fence on the left side in the striped shirt is Dick
Venables and the guy in the tan shirt and brown pants standing
in the bleachers with the Valvoline cap is Steve Stephens. They
campaigned a Top Fueler for many years in Division 4.
Sewell, Osborn & Moore (A.L. Moore driver)
This was taken in Dallas probably in 1971 or 72 at the Longhorn
Nationals at a Jr Fuel Meet. This is the same car as above,
except for the paint job as the car hasn't even been lettered yet.
A.L. Moore driving at Green Valley.
This was taken in Houma, Louisiana at a Division 4 Points Meet.
A.L. Moore getting in the car on the return road which was used
to push start the cars in those days.
A.L. Moore doing the burnout here and that is Len Walker
on the far side.
Same as above, injected SBC on nitro.
I believe this photo was taken in LaPlace Louisiana at a Division
4 Points Meet in maybe 71 or 72. Richard Sewell is checking
something out on the motor and A.L. in the white cap.
Over head shot of the car. As you can see on the headers,
empty beer cans always came in use as covering the pipes
to keep rocks and trash out of the motor. So, you never ran
out of header covers.
A.L. Moore doing a burnout at LaPlace. Vernon Osborn
(my dad) holding the bleach bottle in the white pants.
This is was the fresh paint job for the 1973 season. The wings
may not have done much good on the side of the car, but they
sure would bruise and cut the Hell out of the knee.
Another view of the car.
This must be later on in the season as we have the Enderle
injectors on the car instead of the Hilborns, plus we have the
wing over the rear section.
1973 at the World Finals. Back then not just anyone could
go as it was by invitation only.
The cowling in front of the driver was always the perfect spot
for the artist to really shine at his work. The guy that painted the
black car and the multi colored car was a guy named named
"Frederick". The reason for the Budweiser, Premium Crackers
& Velveeta Cheese on the cowl was because that is what we
ate from the time we left he house until the time we got home.
You ate cheese, crackers and drank Budweisser for breakfast
lunch and supper. I never liked cheese and still don't to this day.
They also never bought sodas for us kids either when we were racing,
so if we were thirsty we had to drink a beer. We eventually added
"Fritos" to the track menu, it wasn't because of me, but I think it
was because the cheese tasted better on the Fritos then it
did on the crackers.
This was the other art work that "Frederick" had on one the
dragsters it was known as the "Hungry Eye". A few six packs
later a guy could get real creative.
The Rear Engine Cars of Sewell, Osborn & Seruntine